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New speeding clampdown

New speeding clampdown

Published at 10:38am 28th March 2016. (Updated at 11:36am 28th March 2016)

More mobile speed cameras are being introduced on North Yorkshire's roads.

Six new vans will be based in rural areas across the county, as part of a plan to improve road safety and tackle cross-border crime.

They will carry Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology and are also smaller than the current vans.

The existing fleet cannot be used on many country roads, because they need a certain amount of space to be stationed safely.

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said: "The issue most often raised with me is road safety, particularly speeding through villages and other local communities. These new vehicles will mean we can better improve road safety, continue to see the numbers of people hurt or killed reduce and support even more communities who have road safety concerns.

"Fitting the vehicles with ANPR, and basing them in our rural areas, means we can also better disrupt travelling criminals by tracking their movements and preventing crime.

"Given the scale of the road network in North Yorkshire and the still too many people who die on our roads, as well as those drivers causing misery to others, I am very pleased to be able to invest in this important area of education and enforcement."

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, Chair of the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership, added: "We welcome the decision to increase the numbers of safety camera vans on North Yorkshire's roads. We have fortunately seen the number of fatalities and casualties on our roads reduce in the past year and the new additions to the safety camera fleet will help us to reduce these numbers further.

"We will continue to work alongside our partners at the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership to employ a mixture of engagement and enforcement to educate road users to the dangers of speeding and we look forward to seeing more positive results and less lives lost on our roads."

Julia Mulligan has also announced plans to roll out a Community Speed Watch scheme across North Yorkshire.

It follows a six-month pilot project in Harrogate, York and Selby last year, which proved popular with local residents and parish councils.

Trained volunteers will measure the speed of vehicles travelling through their community.

If a driver is caught breaking the limit, they will receive a notice from the police warning them about their driving and the impact of speeding.

Mrs Mulligan said: "Community Speed Watch is a major step forward in helping change the behaviour of speeding drivers by educating them on the impact they are having in a local community. The scheme is in addition to enforcement measures, which together add up to a comprehensive plan to keep people safe on our roads in in our communities."

"The beauty of Community Speed Watch is that it puts residents back in the driving seat. It enables them to influence speeding drivers - many of whom are locals - to slow down and consider impact on the communities they are driving through."

The scheme will be funded by the surplus generated by people attending speed awareness courses.